At its summer concert the Middleburg Concert Series will feature world-renowned classical pianist Brian Ganz with celebrated Arkansas Symphony string artists Algimantas Staskevicius (violin) and Tatiana Kotcherguina (viola). The concert, sponsored by Greenhill Winery and Vineyards, will be the feature performance of a 4 day music festival, a new event that promises to be a global attraction for music students who will travel to Middelburg to participate in master classes offered by esteemed musicians.
The International Music Festival is under the direction of Middleburg Concert Series Musical Director, Dr. Alan Saucedo, whose contact information for those students interested in participating in the masters classes is listed below. Dr. Saucedo (cello) and his sister, Cynthia Saucedo (violin), will join the Middleburg Concert Series June 25th performance of traditional string quartet and piano repertoire. The concert will be at 4 PM at the Middleburg United Methodist Church on the corner of Washington and Pendleton Streets.
Brian Ganz is considered to be one of leading pianists of his generation with a long list of awards that includes First Grand Prize of Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Grand Competition in Paris. He has appeared as a soloist with the St Louis Symphony, the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the City of London Sinfonia and L’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and numerous others. A graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Ganz is Artist-in-Residence and a piano faculty member at St Mary’s College. Lithuanian-born Algimantas Staskevicius received his Master of Music from Lithuanian State Conservatory. He was previously principal second violin in the Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico. He has been a member of the Arkansas Symphony since 2008. Tatiana Kotcherguina is also a member of the Arkansas Symphony and serves on the faculty of the University of Central Arkansas. She began her violin studies in Moscow Russia, where she studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory . She was principal violist for both the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow Experimental Moscow Opera Theater.
There will be a reception with light refreshments sponsored by the Middleburg Bank immediately following the concert affording the opportunity for the audience to meet the artists. Admission to both the concert and refreshments are free.